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NAB 2018 Las Vegas



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FCPX Creative Summit, Cupertino, CA


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September 29, 2017:

Best Practices for Managing Video Workflows

Here's a new whitepaper by the LTO consortium we thought you might find helpful.

Discover how media and entertainment companies are innovating and improving production, post-production, distribution, and archival data strategies.



September 15-19, 2017:

IBC 2017 AMSTERDAM













August 30, 2017:

My Passion Project: We Call Her Yolanda

by Anthony Bari Jr.



While the rest of the world knew the devastating storm as Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos had their own name for it — Super Typhoon Yolanda. As such, We Call Her Yolanda was an apt title for the documentary film.

For We Call Her Yolanda, we completed four shoots over two years on a mix of cameras and formats. We used two GoPro Hero4 Black cameras (one was mounted on a drone and the other was first-person view), two Canon C300s, a Sony FS7 and a Canon 5D Mark II. We always travelled with at least two laptops for transcoding and media management. We also carried G-Technology hard drives in our backpacks. I relied heavily on software presets for this project, setting up a bunch of them before we left for the Philippines so we could bag and tag all files during the trip.

For those who are still dragging and dropping hundreds of gigabytes of media from card to drive, beware. That method is wide open to error. ShotPut Pro, Imagine Products’ offloading app, is my go-to tool for safely offloading media. Computers and technology aren’t perfect, so offloading camera cards and making multiple backups is incredibly important. Version 6 has a new interface that looks just like the Finder window on my Mac. READ MORE...



August 17, 2017:

Newshooter Review of myLTO for Macintosh




Imagine Products myLTO for backing up your priceless footage


Imagine Products has just released myLTO, a program that formats and mounts LTO tapes then copies files to them. The application also checks and corrects for LTFS data compliance and uses checksum technology for guaranteed accuracy.



Backing up your footage is often a menial task that we don’t pay enough attention to. If you are shooting documentaries, news or any event where that footage can never be captured again you really should be thinking very seriously about preserving that material. Most people use hard drives, but as we all know, even the best brands are still prone to failure. There is however, a much better solution for archiving your material long term. That solution is called LTO. READ MORE...



August 10, 2017:

NEW! myLTO for Macintosh


myLTO for Macintosh is a new application designed to make LTFS copies to tape fast and easy.



myLTO allows users to mount, format and backup to one or more LTO tapes, or to hard drives, simultaneously. Like all applications from Imagine Products, files can be drag and dropped into the queue. myLTO also does all the checking and correction to ensure your files have LTFS compliant naming, for error free, fast backups. Details about each file or volume like the size and number of files automatically populate. READ MORE...

August 7, 2017:

Studio Daily REVIEW: Prime Transcoder for Mac

by Barry Braverman

The QuickTime Engine Is No More


"As working film and video professionals, I’ve always said, we only really need three pieces of software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro (or an equivalent editing platform), and a solid transcoding tool. In recent years, QuickTime-based Sorenson Squeeze has been the transcoding tool of choice, suitable for a wide range of web-based and physical media (disc) applications.

With the advent of Imagine Products PrimeTranscoder for Mac, the QuickTime-based paradigm introduced over 25 years ago may finally be changing. Many video and web-publishing professionals already use Imagine’s ShotPut Pro for offloading and managing original camera files..."



"The same close attention to the user experience is readily apparent in PrimeTranscoder. Not just a rehash or rebranding of the company’s Proxy Mill utility, PrimeTranscoder is much faster, taking advantage of GPU acceleration and core CPU distribution. PrimeTranscoder is also much more capable, supporting virtually every professional camera format from Avid, GoPro, and Red to MXF, 4K and even 8K resolution files. Impressively, this support is completely native, sharing the 20 or so different codecs also supported inside Imagine’s HD-VU viewer."

READ MORE...

June 7, 2017:

NEW! ShotPut Pro 6 for Windows




ShotPut Pro Version 6 for Windows introduces a new user interface with a color-coded progress window, in-depth folder naming options, pause and resume processing, ‘video aware’ reports with metadata and thumbnails and more.

ShotPut Pro 6 features an all new activation system for remote, web based management. The all new GUI has a color coded status/progress listing with user definable offload identifiers. You can now Pause and Resume offloads making it convenient to pick up and move on location. And offloads may be sequenced by the user for priority completions.

Naming Presets are more powerful than ever. Now you can color code them, sort them, and build complex combination naming schemes including sub-folder nesting.

There's also a new Direct to Destination mode that allows direct Drag and Drop between drives without creating new offload folders.

Any attached drives or cards have information panels to show you their status and tasks. And offloads of course have similar Detailed information at your finger tips.

The new PDF offload report format offers Video Aware information such as extracted video file metadata and progressive thumbnails of the contents of clips. READ MORE...



June 2-3, 2017:

CINE GEAR EXPO 2017 LOS ANGELES, CA










April 24-27, 2016:

NAB 2017 Las VEGAS, NV














Dan Montgomery and Larry Jordan

April 4, 2017:

Prime Transcoder for Macintosh




PrimeTranscoder for Macintosh is a new application offering fast file conversions, simple interface, and watch folder technology to streamline transcoding workflows.

"PrimeTranscoder is a powerful transcoding application that allows users to convert multiple files to different formats at once. It recognizes and converts more than 20 different HD, 4K, and RAW camera formats, including ARRI, Blackmagic, Canon, GoPro, Panasonic, RED, Sony, and many more," said Michelle Maddox, marketing director at Imagine Products. "While that's happening, it can also create editable or sharable files. By doing all those things simultaneously, PrimeTranscoder maximizes time and makes for a more efficient workflow — and that's what our customers have told us they need as they strive to compete in an evolving industry." READ MORE...

March 28, 2017:

ShotPut Pro and G-Technology Drives Help Deliver a Very Poignant HBO Stand-Up Special



Aaron Brenner is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director specializing in sports, reality, and unscripted production and post. In the past 13 years, he has worked closely with a variety of production companies and sports teams, including the UFC, the L.A. Galaxy soccer team, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams, the World Series of Poker and more. Seven of those years were spent working for the L.A. Kings ice hockey team, where he built and directed the in-house production group charged with producing original content for TV, the web, and social media. In fact, this production team model continues to be replicated across sports franchises today.

For me, the ShotPut Pro offloading application is a must-have. I’ve taken it on the road with me and have used it on hundreds of projects. I’ve been using ShotPut Pro for more than eight years, and it gets better with each new version. I can’t believe we all used to copy camera masters without checksum verification!

I often use it in conjunction with G-Technology G-Drives. I’ve been a longtime user of both ShotPut Pro and G-Drives because of their speed and reliability....

...I had the privilege to work on a comedy special called Quincy Jones: Burning the Light. Quincy Jones (no relation to the music mogul) is an aspiring L.A. comic who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015 and was given a year to live. Thanks to a friend’s Kickstarter campaign and a boost from Ellen DeGeneres, Jones got to realize his dream of having his own televised stand-up comedy special, which aired June 2, 2016, on HBO.

Time was of the essence, so the show went from wish to reality in a matter of weeks. HBO signed on for the project in mid-March 2016, the show taped on April 4, and we had to deliver the show to HBO by early May. Delivering the show on time and to HBO’s high standards was critical, not to mention challenging, given the schedule. Not only that, but there was a small post editing team — just me! I was responsible for all on-set DIT followed by a quick-turn conform, edit, and delivery. READ MORE...

March 7, 2017:

ShotPut Pro6 on Tour with Elton John


By Chris Sobchack

Advice for the Working DIT

I’ve been traveling around the world with Elton John for the past 17 years as his drum and percussion technician. Over time, as I became more and more immersed in video production and post-production outside of my work with Elton John — at Wraptastic Productions, the production house I co-own with my wife, Nicole — I started applying that expertise to my role on the tour as well.

In modern production and post workflows, with so much data being created and transferred among a multitude of devices, the possibility for data loss is all too real. I have friends who don’t know what has become of their master drives for feature-film projects! Simple backups with known data integrity are a must in the data-driven film and video world. From the moment you pop a card out of a camera, the clock is ticking to duplicate, protect, and verify that data so the card can be cleaned and overwritten for the next pass in the camera. We started using Imagine Products SHOT PUT PRO for data offloading on tour about three years ago. READ MORE...

But the bottom line is this: I've never bothered to search for any other offloading solution. I've had no reason to look any farther than ShotPut Pro.


October 19, 2016:

Doodle Reviews of ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh



by Kevin McAuliffe

I have to say that when the task of reviewing software to offload camera media came across my desk, I had pretty much figured it would be a standard, uneventful review, but I really have to say that Shotput Pro 6 (SP6) really turned my opinion right around and quick.

If you work in a production company that does a lot of shooting, this handy little piece of software will get your footage exactly where it needs it to go once it has been brought back to the office, or wherever it’s going to be edited. It will verify the copy as well, so you can sleep easy knowing your footage has been checked via the Checksum feature, and is waiting for an editor to start cutting....

All this is very cool, but what really blew me away was the reports that were generated by Shotput Pro 6. You get a complete breakdown of all the shots that were transferred, thumbnails, and information about the clips including duration, codec and so much more. I have to say that I was truly blown away by the amount of depth you could have out of, what would seem to be, a very simple program.

In the end, Shotput Pro 6 is a fantastic little application, that if you do any card-based shooting, should be an absolute must have tool to move and verify your media. I’ll be honest, I could go on for hours about all the parameters you can set, and the detail you can go into for moving your footage, but you really should check it out for yourself. READ MORE...

October 18, 2016:

A Film-Makers Review of ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh



Why aren't all camera operators doing this?

For some time now secure offloading software has been available. Whilst it's widely used by DITs and Data Wranglers, there is a slow but gradual uptake of use by camera operators, editors and videographers. I've personally been using ShotPut Pro 5 for the last year and … the knowledge that all the data is securely transferred to two separate locations and checksum verified, I can go home without worrying that I'm going to get a call in the morning from a client who's data corrupted on transfer.

So this is where ShotPut Pro 6 comes in. As the latest version of Imagine Product's DIT suite, it brings a couple of new feature's to the table. Namely improved licensing, faster speed, better ability for individual files and a rather cool PDF summary of each transfer. READ MORE...

September 29, 2016:

ABELCINE REVIEW: ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh


Imagine Products has released version 6 of their ShotPut Pro software. Those of us familiar with ShotPut know that it is one of the most important tools in modern digital imaging. ShotPut ensures that the content of media cards is safely offloaded to your destination drives. It upholds the first commandment of media offloading: Thou Shall NOT Drag And Drop.



In this blog I take you through the major updates of the program, including a selectable user interface. It is now possible to offload only selected clips – prior versions only let you offload the entire contents of a card. The offload process can now be paused and resumed. Another new feature of this version is that PDF reports are possible, complete with frame grabs.

September 22, 2016:

STUDIO DAILY REVIEW: ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh



By Barry Braverman

The Ubiquitous Offloading Tool Gets a Tune-up for Handling Very Large Camera Files and More



"Any way you wrangle it, SPP’s nifty new Pause & Resume feature is a major enhancement in version 6.


Pressed for time, DITs and data wranglers are often forced to interrupt the transfer of large data files. On many shows there are not enough hours in a day to permit uninterrupted offload of the huge, 4K-and-higher-resolution camera files. Exhausted data wranglers must work late into the night and may suffer miserably in a thankless job." READ MORE...

September 15, 2016:

Imagine Products Receives 2016 Best of Media and Entertainment Software Award



Imagine Products has received the 2016 Best of Indianapolis Award in the Media and Entertainment Software category by the Indianapolis Award Program.

Each year, the Indianapolis Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Indianapolis area a great place to live, work and play. READ MORE...

September 13, 2016:

Imagine Products Qualify for Top Shelf in New Zealand




Established in 1988, Top Shelf Productions is a leader in New Zealand television and film production. It has a long and successful history in television — particularly with documentaries and factual-based series which comprise more than 1500 hours of documentaries and multiple award-winning productions.

“When I first came to Top Shelf,” says Jack Mugford, Film and Television Editor, Top Shelf Productions, “the archive was scattered across drives and DigiBeta XDCAM tapes, and accessing the content was a time-consuming, stressful, tedious endeavor. My goal was to ensure that at the end of each production, we archived everything to LTO tape so that it would not only be safely backed up, but much easier to access.

“To make it happen, we turned to PreRoll Post, the LTFS archiving application from Imagine Products. Having used applications from Imagine Products before, I knew the company’s knack for amazing software that follows a logical thought process. In fact, we use Imagine Products software throughout our workflow, starting with the ShotPut Pro offloading application and ending with PreRoll Post. Simply put, choosing PreRoll Post was a no-brainer.” READ MORE...

August 17, 2016:

NEW! ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh




ShotPut Pro Version 6 for Macintosh introduces a new user interface with a color-coded progress window, in-depth folder naming options, pause and resume processing, ‘video aware’ reports with metadata and thumbnails, Finder tags and more.

ShotPut Pro 6 features an all new activation system for remote, web based management. The all new GUI has a color coded status/progress listing with user definable offload identifiers. You can now Pause and Resume offloads making it convenient to pick up and move on location. And offloads may be sequenced by the user for priority completions.

Naming Presets are more powerful than ever. Now you can color code them, sort them, import/export them between users and computers, and build complex combination naming schemes including sub-folder nesting.

There's also a new Direct to Destination mode that allows direct Drag and Drop between drives without creating new offload folders. Finder Tags are retained with your copies. And there is a Favorites list for convenience and organization.

Any attached drives (volumes) have information panels to show you their status and tasks. And offloads of course have similar Detailed information at your finger tips.

The new PDF offload report format offers Video Aware information such as extracted video file metadata and progressive thumbnails of the contents of clips. READ MORE...

See ShotPut Pro 6 Live at New York City's MoPictive Users Group
September 27, 2016



See ShotPut Pro 6 Live at Connecticut's Digital Creators Users Group
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See ShotPut Pro 6 Live at Chicago's Creative Pro Users Group
September 28, 2016



August 19, 2016:

Matthew Allard Reviews ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh



ShotPut Pro 6 for Mac – the industry standard copy and verification program gets a makeover. ShotPut Pro has been the de-facto standard copy and verification program used by major movie studios for years. While the program has always been bulletproof, times have changed, and the user interface was starting to look a bit long in the tooth. After receiving customer feedback, Imagine Products set about to completely redesign the user interface in their latest version – ShotPut Pro 6. READ MORES...

January 28, 2016:

BLING DIGITAL: THE VALUE OF LTO ARCHIVING




To help meet that goal in terms of data archiving, Bling uses PreRoll Post from Imagine Products for all master media in its LTO archives. PreRoll Post automatically indexes camera originals — complete with thumbs, proxies and metadata — while backing up full-resolution media to local disk and long-term LTO tapes, a Sony Optical Disc Archive, or a local disk or server. PreRoll Post uses an LTFS system, which mounts a tape as a volume (hard disk) within OS X or Windows. This makes it possible to write and read from the tape as if it were a disk, without proprietary software or formatting. READ MORE @PostPerspective.com...


June 2-5, 2016:

CINE GEAR EXPO 2016 LOS ANGELES, CA



Roger Mabon with LTO-7 mTape Live from the CineGear show floor



AbelCine with Michelle Maddox Live from the CineGear show floor

April 21, 2016:

PBS Uses ShotPut Pro for 'Live at 9:30'



Washington’s D.C. renowned 9:30 Club is the subject of a new 56-minute PBS monthly offering of live music with interviews, short films and comedy. Production reports using "a MacBook Pro, G-Technology hard drives, and ShotPut Pro 5.0 to ingest about 20 cards full of media after each show, ranging from 700 GB to 1.2 TB per band." READ MORE @TVTechnology.com...

May 11, 2016:

CIO Review Picks Imagine for 2016 Shortlist



April 18-21, 2016:

NAB 2016 Las VEGAS, NV











April 8, 2016:

HD-VU2 in the News

Randy Mills, a DIT and editor with over 15 years experience explains why HD-VU2 is now his viewer of choice when managing multiple codecs and formats in the field and in the studio. READ MORE...



March 5, 2016:

Celebrating a Decade of ShotPro Pro at Iditarod!



March 2016:

Fujifilm LTO-7 and PreRoll Post



Joshua Marks from his office in Sydney’s Fox Studios explains why DOCO.TV chose FUJIFILM LTO7 from DIGISTOR and Imagine's PreRoll Post software. READ MORE...

February 23-25, 2016:

BVE 2016 London





January 22, 2016:

David Hague Reviews PreRoll Post for Windows



AUSTRALIAN VIDEOCAMERA, David Hague writes: As many know, I am a huge fan of Doctor Who and have every episode since it started in 1963 burnt to DVD. Actually not quite as the BBC has lost a number of the early ones – the tapes have gone AWOL. From time to time one surfaces in some obscure place with no knowledge of how or when it got there but there are still a dozen or so I believe that are probably gone forever..

It’s therefore a real shame that the new PreRoll Post for Windows (and Macintosh) Imagine Products wasn’t around back then as this issue would not have transpired. READ MORE...

January 2016:

Bioneers 2015 FCPX Workflow Relies on ShotPut Pro



Mark Spencer show the workflow he used on the the 2015 National Bioneers Conference with some tips and tricks for long multicam shows. The conference master is made up from a variety of feeds, a switched master, three camera isos and a graphics source. This amounts to about a Terabyte of media a day that has to be recorded on site and then taken to a hotel room where it is copied onto local drives for editing. ShotPut Pro is essential to his workflow in cutting down what could be 8 hours of copy time down to just 45 minutes! WATCH THE VIDEO on FCP.co

January 26, 2016:

Checksums, Speed and Acceptable Risk


Do you hang out under a tree during a lightning storm? Do you perform a checksum every time you copy important files from one place to another? If you don't have an equally strong opinion about both these questions, it's time to learn about checksums: how they work, how much you can trust them, and how this technical task can save a creative person from certain doom.

Kylee Peña, a Workflow Supervisor for Bling Digital, Los Angeles, explores the intricacies of working with checksums. READ MORE...

December 17, 2015:

PreRoll Post™ for Windows Released

LTFS Archiving Application Makes LTO Tape Archiving Easier and More Efficient at an Unprecedented Price
Imagine Products, creator of software utilities for backing up, viewing, sharing, transcoding, and archiving video assets, has released PreRoll Post™ for Windows®. Used heavily in broadcast and postproduction, PreRoll Post now allows Windows users to create nonproprietary backups of any file or folder using the open-source Linear Tape File System (LTFS). The archiving application streamlines the process of placing any file types onto an LTO-7, LTO-6, or LTO-5 tape, or onto Sony’s Optical Disc Archive (ODA), at a price that is far more affordable than that of any comparable tool.

“Most people keep ‘archives’ on hard drives, which become less and less reliable the longer they sit on the shelf. PreRoll Post mitigates that problem by ensuring you can back up full- resolution media to local disk and to a long-term tape or cartridge in an easy and almost foolproof way, so archives are made correctly the first time,” said Michelle Maddox, marketing director at Imagine Products. “PreRoll Post for Windows is really a one-of-a-kind product for its price point. Anything comparable for Windows would cost thousands of dollars, versus just a few hundred dollars for PreRoll Post. Even better, it’s compatible with our ShotPut Pro application for Windows, which has become the industry’s de facto standard for offloading.”

PreRoll Post relies on checksum technology to ensure the files on tape exactly match the originals. By storing the checksum values for each file, PreRoll Post also verifies files during restoration back to hard disk whenever they’re retrieved. This process provides confidence that all copies of files match the originals.

Within the PreRoll Post application, the LTFS mounts a tape as a volume (like a hard disk) within Explorer, making it possible to write to and read from the tape as if it were a disk, without other proprietary software or formatting. PreRoll Post also makes it easy to search for and retrieve previously backed-up files. Drag-and-drop functionality for both archiving and retrieval allows users to drill down into folders on mounted or unmounted tapes/cartridges to locate the files or folders they seek — eliminating the need to insert and search each tape individually until the correct file or folder is found. Instead, once they determine which tape or cartridge holds the file or folder they’re after, users can simply insert that tape or cartridge and pull what they need.

For content creators or post houses that create LTO deliverables for Discovery Channel, PreRoll Post offers a Discovery Channel mode to ensure the LTO tapes meet the network’s specifications for field, graphics, or program masters. In this mode, PreRoll Post automatically places files in the proper locations on the tape to meet Discovery Channel specs.

PreRoll Post is hardware-independent, meaning that it is compatible with any LTFS-compliant tape drive, including MagStor™, mTape™, UNITEX LT60 with USB 3.0, 1Beyond, or any desktop-connected LTO drive, as well as Sony’s ODA. Simple installation instructions walk the user through setup for the appropriate drive. Users can customize settings, such as naming conventions and notifications via email/text, to ensure archiving consistency.

PreRoll Post for Windows is available for immediate download from www.imagineproducts.com. The cost is $499.

About Imagine Products

Imagine Products Inc. develops innovative video workflow solutions that help film and media professionals back up, view, share, transcode, and archive their digital-video assets. Powerful, affordable, and easy to use, these specialized workflow applications have become invaluable tools for broadcasters, postproduction facilities, and others whose businesses rely on digital video. In business for more than 25 years, Imagine Products is based in Indianapolis, USA. More information is available at www.imagineproducts.com.



Imagine Products Celebrates 25 Years





A Look Back



Join Imagine Products in Supporting Nehemiah Vision Ministries for Haiti Schools

Fighting Poverty with Education and Technology

This holiday season, Imagine Products is assisting Nehemiah Ministries in raising money to help provide the necessary tools to educate and improve the quality of life for many children in Haiti. NVM works to produce productive citizens who will help to move Haiti forward and break the cycle of poverty.

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, Imagine Products has donated $2,500.00 towards providing a computer lab, in addition to the nearly $800.00 in donations we received from our customers. Thank you all for helping support this worthwhile cause, to increase education in Haiti. WE can make a difference. READ MORE...

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